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Nandi awards for the year 2002 testify the Jeevi reviews and
Rating in his reviews
Best Feature film
Best Feature film
Best Feature film
are the comments/analysis given by Jeevi in his reviews for
the Nandi award winners:
Leading Actor: Chiranjeevi (Indra)
Chiranjeevi is known as the greatest dancer of Telugu cinema
and his dances have not been so exhilarating in his recent
releases. But with Indra, Chiranjeevi is back on the track
as the dancing sensation. His facial expressions and agile
body movements to accentuate the exciting tunes of Mani and
RP are amazing. Chiranjeevi is also known as the mass hero
of Telugu cinema. But, the mass angle was amiss in the latest
films. In Indra, Chiranjeevi dished out a visual treat with
ferocious fights and breathtaking stunts. Chiranjeevi is probably
one of those very few stars of Telugu cinema, who can excel
in any aspect of acting, be it stunts, dances, emoting or
comedy. He has entertained the audience with sensible and
clean comedy in Indra. We have not seen Chiranjeevi utter
ferocious dialogues and make the villain cringe in fear in
a way the frontbencher jumps with joy. Indra is one film where
he delivers powerful and reverberating dialogues with élan.
To comprehend Chiranjeevi's performance, one might be at loss
of words. He is simply the best and Indra once again echoes
that fact. full
Leading Actor: Nagarjuna (Santosham)
Nagarjuna is as charming as ever. He suited the role of father
and as the man in love perfectly. He wore black and white
suits in this film and he looks very dignified in that get
up. This role has given him ample scope for exhibiting histrionics
and he made maximum use of it to impress upon one and all.
Leading Actress: Kalyani (Avunu
Valliddaru Ista Paddaru)
She is another classic heroine of Vamsy who is beautifully
molded in to a lovely character called Swathy. She etches
very good impression on the hearts of viewers with her apt
Supporting Actor: Prakash Raj
Prakash Raj gave one of his best performances in the recent
times. He gave a very controlled performance in this film.
Though the film required him to be an over obsessive father
- a role which he has been playing for years - he made sure
that the histrionics he has shown for this film do not remind
us any of his earlier roles. full
Character Actor: Hari Krishna
(Lahiri Lahiri Lahirilo)
Hari Krishna acted like a live wire in this film. He did a
cool job in spite of having so many negative points. He is
the main hero of the film and he justified it with his performance.
Villain: Gopichand (Jayam)
Gopi Chand, who acted as villain in this film gave a splendid
performance with his controlled emotion. Teja has done a terrific
characterization to this role. full
First film for a director: VV Vinayak
For a starter VV Vinayak has done an excellent job as the
director. The story of the film is an age-old revenge saga
where son comes back to take revenge on the killer (who happens
to be an assistant to his father) of his father after a gap
of 14 years. But, it's Vinayak imaginative direction and tight
screenplay that keeps you glued to your seats. This film is
a pucca mass film. But the director made sure that the comedy
is rightly blended in the film without losing the balance
and seriousness. Vinayak has a bright future ahead for him
in the years to come. full
Dialogue writer: Trivikram (Nuvve
Trivikram seems to have reserved his best dialogues for his
directorial debut. There are very good one-liners and comedy
dialogues in the first half and thought-provoking and heart-touching
dialogues in the second half. The film is studded with so
many good dialogues that its very difficult to remember them.
Here are a few of them I could manage to remember... full
to Prakash Raj in the second half: "Nijam prema
kante bala mainadi. Naa prema nijamaithe Anjalitho naa pelli
Mohan to Tarun - "Sampadinchalenivaadiki Kharchupette
arhata ledu. Alaage prema express cheyaleni vaadiki preminche
to Prakash Raj - "Tajmahal, charminar, naa lanti
kurrollu choodataaniki kaani - konataaniki kaadu."
to Shriya - "Dabbuto bread konochu kaani aakali
konaleru. Bed konochu kaani nidrani konaleru"
Raj to a marriage broker - "Devudini ammani choodataaniki
manamu vellaali kaani, manakosam vallanu teppinchukokoodadu"
(about NRI sons who send tickets and arrange visas for their
parents to visit them)
Raj to Chandra Mohan - "Evarainaa Edigina tarvata
pelli chesukuntaaru. Kaani nee koduku edagataaniki pelli
cinematographer: Jayanan Vincent
The main highlight of the film is extraordinary photography.
Jayanan Vincent has done one of his best works for this film.
The way camera moves in the few shots and the aerial sequences
shot in USA are simply mind-blowing. This film is a real treat
for your eyes if you watch on 70mm screen. full
music director: MM Keeravani
(Okato Number Kurraadu)
Keeravani has done amazing work as a music director with foot
tapping tunes. Plus point of the film is going to be music.
But the picturization of the songs needs to be exceptionally
good to satiate the people who expected something more on
screen after listening to the songs in tape recorder. full
male playback singer: SP Bala Subramanyam
(paadanaa tiyyagaa - Vaasu)
Ah! What a climax. This one song is worth the money you shell
out for this album. Soaked in pure melody, this song transports
you to a different world altogether. No matter how many new
singers come into field, SPB still rules the roost. He is
the soul of this song. Harris almost rises to the levels of
melody mellifluously created by maestro Ilayaraja in 'Priyatama'
song of Prema. This song surely is the pick of the album.
Pothula Ravi Kiran dishes out very good lyrics. sreya
female playback singer: Usha
(chinuku tadiki - Nee Sneham)
More than the tune, it is Sirivennela's lyrics that talk about
a dancing girl and her beauty (listen to the song to understand
what exactly I mean by beauty) and Usha's equally beautiful
rendition that elevate this semi-classical song to a higher
rating. Usha dazzles throughout the entire solo pulling it
off with poise. People fond of beat based songs or RP's folk
songs might not opine with me. sreya
choreographer: Raghavendra Lawrence
(Daayi daayi - Indra)
This song is picturized on Chiru and Sonali in picturesque
locales in Switzerland. The steps in which Chiranjeevi mocks
the Veena-play is instant hit with the theater crowds. Lawrence
strikes again with this song. (Song rating 4.5/5). full
fight master: Vijayan (Takkari
Vijayan has done excellent job in composing fights and action
scene. These fights are not loud ones like hero putting ferocious
face kicking villains with a fist. All the fights are risky
ones, which appears as if they are done so naturally. full
Jury Award: NTR (Aadi)
You are bound to see a new NTR in this film. He trimmed his
body a bit and did an extraordinary work as an artist. He
carried the entire film on his shoulders. He did all the scenes
with the consummate ease. Be it action sequences, romantic
teasing scenes or dances! NTR turned out to be an extremely
talented actor in comedy scenes. He is too good in those scenes.
You can even see him cracking a joke on his shape in this
film. full review
Jury Award: Mahesh Babu (Takkari
Mahesh Babu suited the cowboy role very well. All the histrionics
of Mahesh Babu are very stylish, yet not loud. In this film
too, he proved to be the director's delight when it come to
executing his part of scenes the way they have to be done.
He took a great risk in few of the action scenes. On the screen,
he should be complimented for the subtle, yet perfect, emoting.
Off the screen, he must be commended for possessing the kind
of GUTS in doing such a role of cowboy. full
Jury Award: Ravi Teja (Khadgam)
This role of actor-wannabe is a tailor made one for Ravi Teja.
He did extremely well in the scenes. full
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